§ 7a. Additional Powers And Duties Of The Mayor  


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  • All the administrative work of the city government shall be under the control of the Mayor, and he shall devote his full time to the duties of his office. Any and all administrative duties conferred or imposed upon the City Manager by any article or articles, or section or sections of such article or articles of the Charter which was not amended or repealed at the Charter Amendment Election of 1947 shall hereafter be exercised and performed by the Mayor. Among others, the powers and duties of the Mayor shall be as follows:

    1. To see that all laws and ordinances are enforced.

    2. The Mayor shall have power to appoint, subject to confirmation by the City Council, such heads of departments in the administrative service of the City as may be created by ordinance, and the Mayor shall have the power to remove such heads of departments at any time he shall see fit without confirmation by the City Council. The Mayor shall also have the power to appoint and remove all other employees of the City, such appointments and removals to be subject, however, to the civil service provisions of the Charter.

    3. To exercise administrative control over all departments of the City.

    4. It shall be the duty of the Mayor from time to time to make such recommendations to the Council as he may deem to be for the welfare of the City, and each year to submit to the Council the annual budget of the current expenses of the City in accordance with the requirements of the State Budget Law applicable to cities and towns.

    5. To keep the Council at all times fully advised as to the financial condition and needs of the City.

    The Council shall have authority to prescribe, by ordinance, rules and regulations governing the operation of each department, but the Mayor may prescribe such general rules and regulations as he may deem necessary or expedient for the general conduct of the administrative department, the heads of which are responsible to him. In order to expedite the work of any department, or to adequately administer an increase in the duties which may devolve on any department, or to cope with periodic or seasonal changes, the Mayor, subject to civil service regulations, is empowered to transfer employees temporarily from one department to perform similar duties in another such department. Likewise, each department head shall have power to transfer employees from one bureau or division to another within his department, subject to the rules and regulations of civil service. The Mayor may direct any such department or bureau to perform work for any other department or bureau.

    In case of general conflagration, rioting, earthquakes, or other emergency menacing life and property, the Mayor shall be authorized to marshal all the forces of the different departments of the City for the maintenance of the general security, and shall have the power to deputize, or otherwise employ, such other persons as he may consider necessary for the purpose of protecting the City and its residents.

    Neither the Council nor any of its committees or members shall in any manner interfere in the appointment of officers and employees in the departments of administrative service vested in the Mayor by this Charter, except that all department heads appointed by the Mayor shall be subject to confirmation by the City Council as herein provided. Except for the purpose of inquiry, the Council and its members shall deal with that part of the administrative service for which the Mayor is responsible solely through the Mayor, and neither the Council nor any member thereof shall give orders to any of the subordinates of the Mayor in said departments, either publicly or privately.

    The Council, the Mayor or any person or committee authorized by either or both of them shall have power to inquire into the conduct of any department or office of the City and to make investigations as to City affairs. For that purpose the Council may subpoena witnesses, administer oaths and compel the production of books, papers and other evidence material to said inquiry. The Council shall provide by ordinance penalties for contempt in refusing to obey any such subpoenas or failure to produce books, papers and other evidence, and shall have the power to punish any such contempt in the manner provided by ordinance.

    The City Council shall require the Mayor, before entering upon the duties of his office, to execute a good and sufficient bond, with a surety company doing business in the State of Texas, and approved by the City Council, as surety thereon, said bond to be in such amount as the Council may demand payable to the City of Houston and conditioned for the faithful performance of the duties of his office, the premium for such bond to be paid by the City.

    Article VIb, as heretofore existing, is hereby repealed.

    If any paragraph, clause, sentence or phrase of this section is for any reason held to be unconstitutional or invalid, the validity of the remaining portions of this article shall not be affected.

    This amendment shall become effective on the 1st day of August, A. D. 1947. (Added by amendment July 26, 1947; amended January 27, 1968)